International Trade

  • April 24, 2015

    US Sugar Cos. Challenge Mexican Sugar Settlement

    Domestic sugar refiners AmCane Sugar LLC and Imperial Sugar Co. on Friday kicked off their appeal of a U.S. International Trade Commission decision upholding agreements that suspended high-profile trade remedy investigations of Mexican sugar imports, filing summonses in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • April 24, 2015

    Wal-Mart, Others Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., JCPenney Corp. Inc. and The Children’s Place Inc. were hit with a proposed class action on Thursday in Washington, D.C., federal court alleging that they were partially responsible for a Bangladesh clothing factory collapse two years ago that killed more than 1,000 workers.

  • April 24, 2015

    CIT Cool With Commerce's Duties On Chinese AC Valves

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday gave its blessing to the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duties on imports of air conditioning valves, rejecting a Chinese producer's claim that the agency bungled the valuation of its scrap byproducts during its review of the duties.

  • April 24, 2015

    Locke Lord Bolsters DC Office With New IP, ITC Expert

    Locke Lord LLP snagged a new partner for its intellectual property department in Washington, D.C., who brings with him more than three decades of experience representing clients in the automotive, information technology and other industries in venues including the U.S. International Trade Commission, the firm said on Friday.

  • April 24, 2015

    China Poised To Scrap Rare Earth Export Duties

    The Chinese government announced late on Thursday that it would soon remove export duties on precious rare earth elements used in the production of hybrid cars and mobile phones, a move aimed at bringing Beijing into compliance with  an adverse World Trade Organization decision.

  • April 24, 2015

    Follow FOIA Rules On Clinton Emails, DC Circ. Tells State

    A D.C. Circuit panel rejected a conservative group’s demand for an expanded search of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails Friday but reminded the State Department to adhere to federal information request requirements as it combs through them on remand.

  • April 24, 2015

    Mushroom Co.'s Duty Payout Bid Falls Flat At Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday shut down U.S. producer Giorgio Foods Inc.'s quest to receive payouts of anti-dumping duties on imported mushrooms under a now-expired federal law, ruling the company had not offered its support for the industry petition that gave rise to the remedial tariffs.

  • April 23, 2015

    Obama Says TPP Will Correct NAFTA Shortcomings

    President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying it is designed to correct the mistakes of previous pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement, amid criticism by Democratic opponents who claim it will lead to job losses.

  • April 23, 2015

    Ways And Means Beats Back Fast-Track Opponents

    The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday signed off on a bipartisan bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority for the White House, safely defeating a slew of Democratic amendments and teeing up the crucial legislation for debate on the floor of the U.S. Congress.

  • April 23, 2015

    WTO Mulls Reforms To Import Licensing Procedures

    The World Trade Organization said Thursday it is considering ways of getting more members to give it detailed notice of changes to their laws on import licensing, in hopes of better resolving potential disputes over import hurdles, long a sticking point with the global trade body.

  • April 23, 2015

    USDA Greenlights Chinese Apple Imports

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday cleared Chinese apples for U.S. domestic import in a move that could see the fruit on supermarket shelves as early as late May, capping off years of bilateral trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese officials.

  • April 23, 2015

    Investor Class Slams Lumber Liquidators Over Toxic Floors

    A purported class of aggrieved investors ramped up their securities fraud claims against Lumber Liquidators in Virginia federal court Wednesday, claiming the retailer said its record-high margins were based on creative “sourcing initiatives” when in fact they came from illegal wood harvesting and the sale of cheap, toxic floors.

  • April 23, 2015

    Drywall Plaintiffs 'Stereotyped' Chinese Cos., Taishan Says

    Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. argued Wednesday that plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over its allegedly defective drywall are using "stereotyped ... generalizations" about Chinese companies in their fight over documents involving communications between Taishan and its former counsel Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • April 23, 2015

    Class Grabs $100M Settlement in Shipping Antitrust Case

    Nine Japanese corporations and their subsidiaries have agreed to pay $100 million to exit an antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy among freight companies to fix prices on their services, according to a Wednesday filing in New York federal court.

  • April 23, 2015

    5 Tips For Playing Both Sides Of The FCA Aisle

    The explosion of False Claims Act suits in recent years presents defense counsel with the enticing prospect of also bringing whistleblower cases that can generate mammoth financial settlements, but playing both sides is fraught with professional peril. Here are five tips from lawyers who fight FCA suits but also launch them.

  • April 23, 2015

    Commerce Probing Canadian, Chilean Lumber Subsidies

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced it was seeking public comment for its biannual report on foreign government support for the softwood lumber industry, focusing its probe specifically on subsidies doled out to producers in Canada and Chile.

  • April 22, 2015

    Officials Say North American Partnership Helps Energy Issues

    A more unified North American energy "powerhouse" will help provide the U.S., Canada and Mexico with more opportunities to meet challenges by trading energy across borders in response to new demands, energy heads from all three countries said on Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2015

    Trade Package Clears Senate Panel As House Action Looms

    The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping package of trade legislation, including a high-profile bill to reinstate the White House's Trade Promotion Authority, setting the stage for a showdown in the House Ways and Means Committee.

  • April 22, 2015

    Arnold & Porter Scoops Up 8-Atty IP Team From Agility

    Arnold & Porter LLP has recruited eight attorneys from Agility IP Law, including four partners, adding a Section 337 patent litigation practice with attorneys who have a history of handling matters in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission to its Silicon Valley, California, office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2015

    Former Ex-Im Loan Officer Admits To Taking Bribes

    A former loan officer of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to federal charges that he accepted more than $78,000 for peddling unqualified loan applications to the bank, court documents show.

Expert Analysis

  • Court Has Broad Authority Over Assets To Satisfy Restitution

    Daniel W. Levy

    The Second Circuit recently affirmed the government’s sweeping authority over a defendant’s assets in the face of unpaid restitution obligations. This authority includes the power to restrain assets prior to the entry of a restitution order, and — as exemplified by U.S. v. Bengis — this authority extends to assets held overseas, says Daniel W. Levy, a principal at McKool Smith PC and former federal prosecutor.

  • Getting Ready For BEA Survey Of US Investment Abroad

    Mario Mancuso

    Every five years, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis oversees a key survey of U.S. direct investment abroad. The scope of the BE-10 survey is quite broad and will likely require responses from many entities that have not previously submitted BEA survey responses, say Mario Mancuso and Michael Gershberg of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • A New Tool For Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement

    Christopher LaVigne

    Recent sanctions enforcement actions have focused on overseas financial institutions and U.S. dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. case, however, reflects a break from this trend. Relying on a theory of “facilitation,” the U.S. Department of Justice dramatically expanded the scope of prior criminal enforcement actions in this arena, say Christopher LaVigne and Danforth Newcomb of Shear... (continued)

  • Is Congress Ready To Act On Trade Legislation?

    Thomas Spulak

    There is probably no stopping the trade promotion authority bill in the House Ways and Means Committee this week, but the markup will set the stage for the floor debate. There, the bill will face a substantial number of Republicans who do not want to give the president the authority to negotiate trade agreements, despite the fact that he has been doing just that for the last six years, even without TPA, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • 2015 Begins With A Drop In FCPA Enforcement Activity

    Marc Bohn

    The pace of enforcement under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has slowed considerably in 2015, with just three resolved enforcement actions during the year’s first quarter — all brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — which represents the lowest level of enforcement to begin a year since 2006, say Marc Bohn and Austen Walsh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • This Week In Congress: Cybersecurity, Iran, Veto Override?

    Richard Hertling

    The president’s veto of S.J. Res. 8 is the second veto issued this year, and only the fourth of his presidency. We may see a sharp increase in veto activity under this Republican-led Congress, as the president has issued veto threats for 17 other legislative proposals working their way through the House and Senate, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: Donziger’s Lies Cannot Excuse His Fraud

    Stephen W. Green

    Steven Donziger’s recent “op-ed” in this publication is his latest deception — repeating on the eve of appeal the lies he has told a thousand times before. Far from a never-before-detailed account, his article is nothing more than a recycling of discredited misrepresentations and outright falsehoods, says Stephen Green, vice president for policy, government and public affairs, Chevron Corp.

  • Lessons From The Schlumberger Settlement

    Ed Krauland

    The case against Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. is particularly noteworthy in that it is a non-U.S. company whose non-U.S. subsidiary was charged with criminal conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions laws based on the conduct of employees — many of whom were non-U.S. citizens — of another business unit located in the United States, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Obama's Trade Plan: 'Made In America' Is Making A Comeback

    Patrick Togni

    President Obama's 2015 trade policy agenda recognizes the importance of American manufacturing and makes this segment of the economy a central focus of U.S. trade policy this year, says Patrick Togni of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Calif. Retailers Better Check Their Supply Chains

    Stephanie A. Sheridan

    The California Department of Justice's recent letter campaign targeting retailers and manufacturers centers around the Transparency in Supply Chains Act. This is California's first step in enforcing the law and we have reason to believe over 100 companies were targeted, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Sedgwick LLP.